The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 1

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Day 1

Spent most of the day out and about but once I got home it was upgrade and troubleshooting time. Greg T. was kind enough to send me 512MB of RAM for free. Along with the 512MB I had I could max this thing out at 1GB. Also ready were an AirPort card and new battery. The original 80GB HDD was having a few quirks but I left that in anyway. Upgrading the internals is easy in these things so the…

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The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Preparations

The Classic Mac OS Challenge – Preparations

Yup, I’m doing it. Later this week I will be firing up my 800MHz 17″ iMac G4 and use Mac OS 9.2.2 for as much of my computing as I possibly can. Why? I love Mac OS 9 (and 8.6). I can get almost anything I need to do done fast and distraction free. And of course it’s a lot of fun! Leading up to the start of this challenge I figured I’d share some of the issues and joys…

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Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 3 – Additional notes

Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 3 – Additional notes

This is a continuation of “Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations” and “Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 2 – Recap and test” so read that first if you haven’t already I didn’t want to squeeze this into the previous articles and clutter them up, so here are some additional notes. First off, here is the pinout for the January 2005 G5 Xserve and G5 Xserve Cluster Node PSU: This is looking at…

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Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 2 – Recap and test

Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 2 – Recap and test

This is a continuation of “Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations” so read that first if you haven’t already 🙂 Received some capacitors today! I put them all in place (not soldered) to see if I got the right sizes and here is the conclusion: 1. C111 – 1000uF, 16V – Perfect fit 2. C112 – 1000uF, 16V – Perfect fit 3. C104 – 2200uF, 16V – Too big 4. C103 – 2200uF, 16V – Too…

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Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations

Recapping an Xserve G5 power supply – Part 1 – Preparations

A few weeks ago I picked up a whole stack of Xserves. I had been looking for a first gen G4 Xserve which has the tray load optical drive instead of the slot load and the rest of them were believed to be all G5’s. Never having had a Cluster Node model either, I was happy to see 8 of them in the stack. The purpose of this was to make some cool videos for my YouTube channel. When I…

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How to properly preserve Classic Mac data

How to properly preserve Classic Mac data

Recently on Mac Yak episode #11 (which unfortunately got horribly mangled by YouTube so it’s not easy to watch) the topic of Classic data preservation and transfer was brought up. The topic was “How to transfer files between old and new Macs” and got me thinking, how far back can we go to send files between different Macs and OS versions? What really is the best way to package this data to ensure it survives transfers to Windows PC’s, Linux…

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The easiest and most overlooked Apple hardware test

The easiest and most overlooked Apple hardware test

You’re about to meet a buyer that has the Mac you want. A quick power on test to see if it even fires up, a quick glance at the About This Mac and System Report.. hmm looks alright. You hand over the cash, take your new Mac home and find it’s not in as good of a state as you thought it was. There is a very easy test you can do to get a general idea of the overall…

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Apple has been lying to me for years

Apple has been lying to me for years

Dramatic headline isn’t it? Sure it’s probably clickbait but it’s the truth none the less. I’m talking about the application Activity Monitor. Years ago I got my hands on a switch that supported LAG (Link Aggregate), the ability to merge two ethernet ports together and get a considerable bandwidth boost. Not all LAG/LACP are the same and implementation standards even vary between manufacturers so some might use LAG as failover, others to get more bandwidth. My goal was of course,…

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Exploring an iMac G5 prototype

Exploring an iMac G5 prototype

The date is December 22nd, 2018 and my friend Michael goes out to pick up an iMac G5. $50, in good shape, nothing special. He’s wanted one for a while just to add to his collection and finally found one locally. He meets the seller which tells him he got this from a woman that used to work at Apple. Sure, whatever, he thinks. Just trying to justify the pricetag. Michael buys it, takes it home and thinks nothing of…

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Should you calibrate your battery?

Should you calibrate your battery?

Before we dive in, let’s see Apple’s take on this question. From their website “Maximizing Battery Life and Lifespan” (linked to from their page “Apple Lithium-ion Batteries” that holds zero useful information) we get the following advice: Avoid extreme ambient temperatures. Your device is designed to perform well in a wide range of ambient temperatures, with 62° to 72° F (16° to 22° C) as the ideal comfort zone. Remove certain cases during charging. Charging your device when it’s inside certain styles…

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